LDS Church News

New temple presidents

Published: Monday, May 5 2014 8:55 a.m. MDT

Five new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.

Donald J Archibald, 66, LaBelle 3rd Ward, Rigby Idaho East Stake, called as president of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, succeeding President Gerald A. Mead. President Archibald’s wife, Sherry Stephens Archibald, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Karen Mead. He serves as a Sunday School teacher, and as a temple ordinance worker and sealer in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. He has served as stake president, bishop and high councilor. Broker/owner of a real estate company and president of a trucking company, he was born in Riverton, Wyoming, to David Merlin and Donna Ruth Archibald.

Sister Archibald serves as a temple ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. She has served as stake Young Women president, as a counselor in ward Relief Society and Primary presidencies and as a Young Women adviser. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Elmo Sterling and Rhea Hymas Stephens.

George Merlin Hancock, 72, Taylor 8th Ward, Taylor Arizona Stake, called as president of the Snowflake Arizona Temple, succeeding President Norris A. Baldwin. President Hancock’s wife, Sherylin Stratton Hancock, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Fawnette B. Baldwin. He serves as a ward mission leader and as a sealer in the Snowflake Arizona Temple. He has served as a counselor in the Snowflake Arizona Temple presidency, bishop, high councilor and temple ordinance worker. A retired superintendent of Snowflake Pulp and Paper Mill, he was born in Snowflake, Arizona, to Samuel Arthur and Florence Vera Colbath Hancock.

Sister Hancock serves as a ward missionary. She has served as assistant to the matron of the Snowflake Arizona Temple, as a counselor in ward Relief Society and Primary presidencies, Young Women adviser and as a temple ordinance worker. She was born in Snowflake, Arizona, to Eldon Hunt and Pearl Freeman Stratton.

Frederik Franz-Josef Psota, 62, Friedrichsdorf Ward, Frankfurt Germany Stake, called as president of the Bern Switzerland Temple, succeeding President Horst-Dieter Sperling. President Psota’s wife, Berit Gunilla Sandholm Psota, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Helga O. Sperling. He serves as a first counselor in a bishopric and as a temple ordinance worker in the Frankfurt Germany Temple. He has served as a stake president’s counselor, bishop, high priests group leader and temple ordinance worker in the Bern Switzerland Temple. An assistant area director for Seminaries and Institutes in the Frankfurt/Europe Area, he was born in Bern, Switzerland, to Franz Alexander and Susanne Psota.

Sister Psota serves as Relief Society compassionate service coordinator and as a temple ordinance worker in the Frankfurt Germany Temple. She has served in ward Relief Society and Primary presidencies and as a temple ordinance worker in the Bern Switzerland Temple. She was born in Basel, Switzerland, to Nils Joerg and Ruth Gunvor Andersson Saldholm.

Jouni Eric Soininen, 67, Morialta Ward, Adelaide Australia Firle Stake, called as president of the Adelaide Australia Temple, succeeding President Barry Lee. President Soininen’s wife, Christina Smylie Soininen, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Pauline J. Lee. He serves as the second counselor in the Adelaide Australia Temple Presidency. He has served as a district president, bishop, high councilor, mission president’s counselor and as a senior missionary couple. A retired graphic designer, he was born in Mynamaki, Finland, to Erkki Antti and Terttu-Liisa Kallio Soininen.

Sister Soininen serves as assistant to the matron of the Adelaide Australia Temple. She served with her husband as a senior couple missionary, and has also served as stake Relief Society and Young Women president, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, multi-stake Public Affairs representative and seminary regional coordinator. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to David Alexander and Jane Lillie McCracken Smylie.

Larry Dale Sprouse, 73, Deerfield Ward, San Antonio Texas North Stake, called as president of the San Antonio Texas Temple, succeeding President Kim B. Beckstead. President Sprouse’s wife, Joyce Cheryl Olsen Sprouse, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Ginger Beckstead. He serves as Sunday School teacher and as a sealer in the San Antonio Texas Temple. He has served as a stake president, patriarch, bishop, high councilor, temple ordinance worker and senior missionary couple. Retired as a bank senior executive vice president of special assets, he was born in Logan, Utah, to Lavon Gustin and Norma Patterson Sprouse.

Sister Sprouse serves as a counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency. She served with her husband as a senior missionary couple, and has also served as stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president and gospel doctrine teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Kenneth Hans and La Rue Olsen.